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This, I suppose, is what happens when a director allows his actors to put together a movie -- it's sort of like letting the inmates run the asylum.
A predictable exercise in fake tawdriness and half-nude psychodrama.
More than anything, Dancing at the Blue Iguana is an acting showcase that allows its stars to strut their emotional range.
Mostly this is a whole lot of chain-smoking and griping about men. You'd be better off renting Demi Moore's Striptease.
Even if Dancing at the Blue Iguana can't rise to the level of the performances of Hannah, Oh and others, it is nonetheless engaging, not without humor and an aura of authenticity.
Always a more interesting acting exercise than compelling drama.
There's a lot of tepid exotic dancing as the girls' writhe and slither around the pole.
After a full hour of Iguana I was watching the DVD counter tick by in slow motion.
Too often the uneven script is either hopelessly strained or tediously lackadaisical.
The film's a mess, albeit a fascinating one.
The result is a very believable strip club, inhabited by cardboard-thin protagonists who come across as caricatures more than actual people.
A beautifully downbeat view of the dancers and their coworkers' as they spiral lower and lower.
It is mainly about five women who dance and make their living at a strip club called The Blue Iguana. The women seem to be looking for some kind of redemption of the sorts but I didn't find any or couldn't understand what was going on. Some of the women are shown as hysterical with no sense of self worth whatsoever and need to calm their nerves by indulging in alcohol and smoking ciggarettes.
There is one girl who seems sort of straight played by Sandra Oh who loves going to poetry sessions and becomes attracted to a guy there. Daryl Hannah is the worst in this picture because her character is pretty depressing and lost. Im not really sure what made her take on a role like this but embarrassing nonetheless. Meg Tilly's performance is also a very sad let down. Michael Radford's film is a disappointment and maybe his picture would have worked if he just sat down and really worked on a polished screenplay instead of trying to do a Robert Altman improvasational ensemble piece. Maybe Paul Thomas Anderson could have made this a little more enjoyable.
NOTE: Although I put down Darryl Hannah's perfomance her documentary "Strip Notes" is more gritty and fascinating then Radford's movie.
great boobs... dont watch for story
This film gives a very poignant, truthful, insightful, and artistic look into the world of exotic dancing. Great performances by a talented ensemble cast. Definitely worth a look or two.
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